Shiver

Unbreakable Bonds Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
Series: Unbreakable Bonds Series, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
4.5 out of 5 stars (353 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Lucas Vallois is always in control. He’s building an empire in the glittering city of Cincinnati and created his own family from his three close friends. The self-made millionaire has everything he wants within his tight grasp. But his world starts to crumble after he’s jumped by a trio of thugs late one night after leaving a club. The warning is clear - give up his new property venture or end up dead. 

Caving to the demands of his friends, Lucas accepts the help of bodyguard Andrei Hadeon as he hunts for the source of this new threat. But as Lucas gets closer to uncovering the danger, he realizes the sexy Romanian bodyguard poses an even bigger risk to his carefully constructed world. Trapped by a need he never expected, Lucas must find a way to deny the shiver of longing he cannot control. 

His brother. His warrior. His heart. Four friends. Unbreakable bonds.

©2015 Drake and Elliott Publishing LLC (P)2019 Drake and Elliott Publishing LLC

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Give me more!

I'm late to this party I know... This book, or rather this series, has been on my TBR for a long time. But I never did manage to get to it. When I saw that the authors were starting to make their books into audios as well (well Kenneth Obi, deserves the credit for making the audio - but you know what I mean) I hoped that this series would also join that route. So, one day in late March I did a happy dance - or more of a jiggle since I don't dance - when I spotted this book on Audible. It seems that some wishes do come true. Anyway… Lucas is a man with a lot of drive and plans. At least as far as business goes. He knows what he wants and where he’s going and nothing is going to stand in his way. But his latest procurement comes with a lot more danger than anticipated, so giving into his friends he reluctantly agrees to a bodyguard. Only he didn’t count on the attraction he’d feel towards Andrei and the temptation the Romanian man brings might just make his carefully constructed walls come crumbling down. I quite enjoyed listening to this book. It was a great combination of a hot romance and thrilling suspense sprinkled with some great friendships, or rather – family. There were quite a few side characters to keep track of during this ride but I didn’t mind that, it added to this world and plot. It made me want to find out more, know their stories as well as Lucas and Andrei’s. I would advise you though, don’t go into this book expecting a credible plot. At times it’s quite fantastic and utterly unbelievable. Many times I found myself questioning the actions of the characters, the incompetence of it all, wondering how they could still be alive. However, if you have your mind set to “entertainment” and don’t question anything, you might just have a great time. Kenneth Obi captured me with his narration, the feelings he added to the different situations and characters really made the experience so much better. I also enjoyed that he had different voices for the various characters, it made it easier to follow who was speaking and keep track of them all. There’s only one things I wished to change; no mumbling. It made it hard to hear at times. Some characters mumbled more than others – and not as part of the book or plot, but purely on Obi’s part. This was a good start to a new series, and I eagerly wait for the next instalment to be produced. A copy of this book was generously provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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Shiver has the 6 W's I look forward when listening to an audiobook.

W - World building created for this book is interesting , thrilling and layered. W - Witty and snarky banter with an intriguing, common sense and unpredictable plot. W - Writing style is offbeat and feels organic W - Wisecracking , sexy , likeable and smart main and secondary characters. W - Wickedly delicious , passionate and lava hot sexy times. W - Wonderful narration and characters portrayal by Kenneth Obi. Shiver is an entertaining and fun audio. Shiver is book 1 of the Unbreakable Bonds Series and I am looking forward listening to the other books in it. My only issue is with Amazon Audible and their Whispersync . It doesn't work most of the time. I bought audio version of Shiver then downloaded the ebook. I tried dozen times to do immerse reading/listening it never synced , that was annoying.

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engaging thrilling ride

I was completely hooked! Could not put this down. the chemistry between characters was amazing, the plot had me on the edge of my seat,no idea what was coming next. hot and steamy with a powerful build up that did not disappoint. could not have found a better narrator, voice very lovely to listen to! Will listen to more from him and read/listen more from authors!

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What a difference a good narrator makes!!

Second time with this book. This time via audiobook with Kenneth Obi narrating. Wow!!! What a difference!! I really liked it the second time around. I’m not sure if I was in a crappy mood when I first read it or if Kenneth’s narration added MORE to the book. Either way, I enjoyed it MUCH MORE! Although the insta attraction was still there, it wasn’t insta love and it felt more believable. I’m upping to 3.7 stars!! Original review: OK. To sum it up in one word: inconsistent. Sometimes I liked it, other times not so much. Some scenes were so long I got bored. Long fight scenes, long sex scenes. Others hit the other end of the spectrum. Insta-attraction. Insta-GFY (or is it Bi-For-You?). The author seeemd to have a hard time with this one. It was hard to buy that over 4 days these MCs fell so hard for each other. The plot was of the mystery sort, but rather flat and easy to predict. I liked the interaction of the four friends. Will I continue on with this fabled series? Maybe. Some of the other characters interested me. But there are sooooo many other books on my TBR and even real stacks of books on my nightstand that will likely come before I continue on with this series. Gotta give it up for a great cover, though!

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Amazing start to a series!!

This is such an amazing start to a series! I just absolutely love Lucas and Andrei together. I feel like they are perfect for each other. Kenneth Obi just brings these characters and story to life. I just couldn't stop listening. I just love how he portrays each of the characters and adding just a little bit more to really get me into the story.

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Love it!

I love this entire series but I think Lucas is probably my favorite character out of all of them so I was so excited to hear him come to life! I was not disappointed in the least. I’ve already relistened to it twice and I’m sure I will again. I love that this series isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. These men have darkness in their lives and real struggles to overcome. They are beautifully flawed and I love that about them.

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Awesome Series

Love this book and series. Lucas has built a family of friends and doesn't let anyone else close. These guys are all amazing and would do anything for each other. When Lucas is facing threats his friends insist on a body guard, and he meets Andre. I love Andre he is an amazing character. Kenneth Obi did an amazing job on the narration. His voice is always so smooth and his tempo is spot on. (I hate when a narrator talks too fast). He does great with the character voices. I can't wait till he gets the rest of the series on Audio.

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wonderful

I forgotten how much I liked this book. Having it read to me while I was driving was a wonderful way to relax and shut my mind off after work. I smiled and laughed and was sad throughout the whole book. This is a wonderful audiobook. thank you.

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bringing it to life!!

I love this book and Kenneth Obi does a great job bringing it to life!

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Liked it just fine

I am not a Kenneth Obi fan, I usually just skip over his audiobooks, because For some reason his voice just irritates me. But, this book sounded interesting and I thought to give it one last try. I was much less irritated this time as he used a lower tone and much richer deep voices, which at one stage actually gave me goosebumps. So please stick to this type of narrating, it is very sexy. The story was great, just a little long at times, with some boring bla bla bla. But its quickly over and with the interesting secondary characters the story held my attention.

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  • C M Silver
  • 09-23-20

Keyser Soze ?

Band of successful seeming cold-hearted males led by Lucas, have an ex military personal cadre, to protect each other and their lifestyles until Romanian Andre, the glitch in the machine shows them all the power of love by going "under cover/covers". Well written, tense drama, well narrated. WELL WORTH THE LISTEN

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  • Rudi
  • 08-25-20

Lucas and Andrei

This is the first book in the Unbreakable Bonds series. 4 Men (Lucas, Snow, Rowe and Ian), made by their past and love and live as a family. In this first book, the story is told of Lucas and Andrei. Lucas is a self-made millionaire who made Cincinatti his town. When he starts purchasing buildings in a rundown part of town to make it better, things start to escalate when someone tries to kill him. His friend Rowe, who owns a security company, wants one of his employers to act as a bodyguard to Lucas. But as soon as Lucas and Andrei meet their attraction to each other is off the charts. Andrei is caring and soon breaks Lucas's walls down. But Lucas has problems with committing and expressing his feelings. When Andrei goes undercover to find the person who is trying to kill Lucas, he finds himself in a precarious position when his cover is blown. Lucas, Snow, Ian and Rowe do what they do best and rescue the man Lucas has realised he loves. When they find Andrei he is more dead than alive and Lucas will do everything to keep this man to his side and in his bed. It's a story full of angst, hurt and love, but not for those who seek an easy read. The amazing Kenneth Obi does a very goed job with all his different voices. It really sucks you into the story. I would truly recommend these books. The collaborative writing and the awsome narrating makes me want to listen to all the books in this series and than start again from the beginning.

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  • Alan
  • 07-21-20

Wow, what great chemistry!

Lucas, rich, powerful, controlling, aloof, only has eyes for his ex-military buddies. His life is threatened over a real estate holding by a mysterious enemy so he is assigned bodyguard, Andrei, who puts his life on the line for Lucas. I really loved this even though the relationship bordered on instalove. Both men had hard exteriors which slowly got chipped away, and all the main characters felt real. The developing relationship, the action scenes and the dialogue were well-written and it all kept me fascinated and engaged. I’ll definitely seek out more of this series! 🎧 I received a free copy of the audiobook in tribute to the late Kenneth Obi and I thought he excelled himself with this story - great voicing, pacing and expression!

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  • hayley
  • 04-05-20

Love

Absolutely love this series and Kenneth just brings it to life cant wait to continue listening to the rest

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  • Chrystal
  • 03-08-20

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Shiver (Unbreakable Bonds Series Book 1) by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott. I enjoyed this book A good start to the series. This story was well written with a lot of action. The characters will keep you entertained from beginning to end. I can't wait to listen to the next book in the series. The Narrator Kenneth Obi did a fantastic job bringing these characters and story to life.

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  • DML 🤓
  • 01-28-20

Well worth the listen

Great Story, great narration. Fantastic writing style, both these ladies have a brilliant imagination sort story telling. Bring on book 2.

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  • Glynis
  • 01-21-20

The first and best in the series (IMHO)

I so love the whole series but this is my favourite. Great suspense and story telling. Another great narration by Kenneth Obi - one of my favourite readers!! He does an AMAZING job at the voices! Lucas and Snow? OMG. Has to be 2 of the best voices this genre. So sexy sounding. Loved listening to it - highly recommend the series

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  • Mrs. E. J. Curtis
  • 01-09-20

Great start

This is the first book in a new series, the story and characters are engaging and the narrator has very distinctive voices for each character, always a plus for me.

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  • Sue Eaton
  • 12-20-19

Fantastic

I was already a fan of this series, the characters are fully rounded and so believable truly interesting. The plot is interesting and suspenseful against a background of a love story. I felt that Ken really brought the characters to life, even the secondary character of Hollis who had a bad cold throughout this book and you could really hear it, the thick sound when you are congested. It blew me away that a narrator was able to so successfully pull that off. An amazing book, amazing writers and amazing narrator, this book has it all

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  • Claudia CG Lezár
  • 11-24-19

as great as the ebook

The story is always full stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook. The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. Kenneth Obi is one of the top 5 narrators (so far) for me, I can listen without break and have no problems to follow. I'm just not yet finish with the book, but I listen enough to give a review. PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!! To my ratings: 5* - very very good it's like an A+ 4* - very good and will be often re-listening it's like an A 3* - it's more then a one-time-listening. it's like a B